Fire Situation Report – August 30, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 30, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/29/11 thru 08/30/11
NE Area – 1 fire burned 3 acres (Cause: Debris Burning)
EC Area – 1 fire burned 2 acres (Cause: Lightning)
SE Area – 4 fires burned 40.1 acres (Causes: 3-Lightning; 1-Debris Burning)
* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ eighteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

Statewide Discussion: Initial attack was light across Oklahoma during the reporting period. Light rain showers fell in parts of the state, generally in the Panhandle and east of Interstate 35. Two requests for assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday:

Tater Hill (McIntosh County) – Six firefighters from the Forestry Services East Central Area equipped with four Type 3 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines were dispatched to assist the Porum Landing Fire Department with the control of this lightning-caused wildfire. Steep, forested terrain hampered suppression efforts. Numerous residences were threatened by this fire that burned 110 acres seven miles west of Porum.

Stringtown (Atoka County) – The Stringtown Fire Department requested the Forestry Services assistance in suppressing this wildfire caused by a broken power line. Five firefighters from the Southeast Area equipped with one Type 2 Dozer, one Type 3 Dozers and three Type 6 Engines were required to extinguish this fire that burned 84 acres in steep, rugged terrain one mile north of Stringtown.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from Noon to 9 p.m. for the following counties in southwest Oklahoma: Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman, Cotton, Comanche, Caddo, Washita, and Beckham. In and near this area expect relative humidity to range from 10-20% with south-southwest winds sustained at 15-25 mph with higher gusts and temperatures of 105-111 degrees. For more information concerning the Red Flag Warning, visit the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office website at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/

Fire danger this afternoon in the remainder of the state will be high to very high. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20-30% range with winds generally out of the south sustained from 5-15 mph with higher gusts. Temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 90s to low 100s. Any fire that starts today in areas not affect by this morning’s very light showers will burn very intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

County Wildland Task Forces should prepare for possible mobilization today and the next few days.

A Governor’s Burn Ban is in effect for 61 counties. County Burn Bans are in effect for several counties. For the most current Burn Ban information click on the following link:http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services